The lighthouse at Formentor, Mallorca

The background shows sidewalk tiles - "rajoles" - that pave the sidewalks throughout Barcelona. They were designed by architect Puig i Cadafalch for the entryway of a home. Since 1915, they have been used by the city to pave sidewalks, and have become emblematic of the city. One of the city's most famous chocolatiers, Enric Rovira, produces chocolate bars in the shape and design of these tiles.

Saturday, April 23, 2011

Dia de Sant Jordi

Flooding the world with the Book of Mormon

Today is the Dia de Sant Jordi - St. George's Day - in Spain. St. George, the dragonslayer, is the patron saint of Catalunya and is a popular figure throughout Spain. This day has evolved into a great celebration where men give a red rose to their sweetheart, and woman give their best man a book (it is also International Booksellers Day). Florists and booksellers set up tables and booths throughout the city selling roses and books, and we take advantage of the celebration to distribute copies of the Book of Mormon.

Table at the doors of the Barcelona Stake Center

Hnas. Fernley and Culverwell (hidden) talk to a
passerby about the Book of Mormon

Elders Call and Roos talk and walk

Missionaries with Hno. Lindomar, a recent convert

We drove over to the Barcelona Stake Center at mediodia to see the missionaries and see how the day was going. They had already given away nearly 300 copies of the Book of Mormon. Because the Dia de Sant Jordi falls on Easter weekend this year, most people thought the holiday would fizzle. But by the end of the day the missionaries at the stake center had distributed 462 copies in Spanish plus a few others in other languages. In addition, at least 198 copies were distributed by missionaries in other locations. A great day for flooding the world with the Book of Mormon!

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  1. This is wonderful! We used Dia de San Jordi to give a lot of Books of Mormon away. Never thought to do it from the church! Great to see the work in Spain.

  2. Hope you all had a wonderful Easter. By the looks of things you did. All is bright here.

  3. I served in te Barcelona Mission in 92...we did the same thing in Cornella on Dia de San Jordi, but you guys passed out WAAAAYYYYY more Libros than we did! How fortuitous that the day fell on Easter Weekend, making your gifts even more meaningful! Keep up the good work!

  4. I love the Catalan stripes!